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To Thomas Gray
to town, but I believe he will go down to Warwickshire in September, when if you are at Hagley I will certainly make myself so happy as to pass a day with you. My Lord Conway thinks himself no less obliged to my dear Charles than I do, and has given me a very hard task, which is to return you the thanks your civility deserves. While I say this, I fear you will think as we are friends I might have spared these speeches; but, my dear Charles, tho' friends ought not to stand on compliments, they ought the more to say what they think, and I hope friends are capable of thinking as fine things of each other, as the most polite courtier could say without meaning. Such a one would tell you out of mere civility, that he was, what I am with the greatest sincerity,
My dear Charles
Yr most affect: friend
and humble servant
4. To THOMAS GRAY1.
Prom Cambridge, 1735.
In the style of Addison's Travels. DEAR SIK,
I believe you saw in the newspapers that I was going to make the tour of Italy; I shall therefore give you some
LKTTZE 4.—Nob in. 0.; printed from copy in Walpole's -writing in possession of Sir T. V. Lister. The heading and marginal notes on this letter are by Walpole.
1 Thomas Gray (1716-1771), the poet; Professor of Modern History at Cambridge, 1768-71. He became intimate mtb, Horace Walpole at Eton, and was his contemporary at Cambridge. In 1789 he joined Walpole on a continental tour, and the two continued togethe* till 1741, -when they quarrelled and parted.
at Reggio. Gray and Walpole "were reconciled some years later by a com in on friend, and continued on friendly terms till Gray's death at Cambridge in 1771. His two Odes, The Bard and The Progress of Poesy, •were the first productions of the Strawberry Hill Press, and his Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat commemorated the death of one of Horace Walpole's cats. The 'lofty vase' which figures in the poem is mentioned in Walpole's Description of Strawberry Hill.